PRIMER REVIEW: Benefit 'The POREfessional', Maybelline 'Baby Skin' and Garnier 'Perfect Blur'

Hi beauties,

Look at me with another blog post already! Can you tell I am on holidays?

Today I have a few primer reviews for you! I have mentioned before that my pores are my number 1 skin concern. So given this, the most important thing I look for in a primer is skin smoothing! Of course it also has to assist in helping my makeup stay on all day rather than sliding off my face around lunchtime!

The three primers I have chosen to review and compare are very similar and all pretty much promise the same thing: skin smoothing and pore minimizing. The Benefit 'POREfessional' is the original 'pore minimizing primer' (well in my opinion it is) and the other two have copied the idea to be similar the original - as the packing shows (especially the baby skin being the same colour as the POREfessional). The POREfessional was the first one that I tried and have been using for a while so this review will be much of a comparison of the two copies to the original.

All three of these products work by gently filling your pores to create a smooth canvas ready to apply foundation. It is best applied by smoothing over face with fingertips. Having this product filling your pores means that your foundation won't be filling and clogging your pores and should also help prevent blackheads. This type of primer is also good to fill fine lines and wrinkles but that I can't review on that seeing as I don't have any fine lines or wrinkles..... YET! Haha!

1. The POREfessional - 'Pro balm to minimize the appearance of pores. Oil Free. Lightweight. Translucent. Silky' 
RRP - $53 (22ml) - Available at Myer  
Scent - a very light floral-ish scent! (Love!)
Product Colour - The product is a skin coloured tint and blends out to be translucent. 

Some may look at this tube and think 'this won't last long' and wouldn't want to pay $53 for such a small amount of primer, especially when for around the same price you could purchase a 50ml tube of Napoleon primer (bad example as the Napoleon primer is not pore minimizing), but the POREfessional is extremely concentrated and you only need a very small amount to spread over the skin. Most of the time I usually just use this over my T-Zone and the apple of my cheeks where my pores are most prominent and then use a regular primer around the rest of my face and this makes the product last a lot longer. I have had this primer for about 8 months and I still have a good amount left to keep me going for a while longer.

The POREfessional can also be used on top of foundation to further hide any large, more prominent pores that may not have been covered or can be used later in the day to touch up foundation that may be getting shine through or wearing off in T-Zone.

I have also loved the POREfessional to use on 'no make up' days. Because it is oil free it helps to completely mattify the skin. It is excellent to hide my pores and any small imperfections and this helps me to feel more confident without makeup.

The POREfessional is suitable for all skin types and is not drying or oily. It provides a fresh, smooth canvas before applying foundation and I really think that thanks to this primer, I use less foundation.

Would I repurchase this product? - I would definitely repurchase.

2. Baby Skin - 'Pore Eraser. Poreless Smooth skin. Lightweight and Breathable.'
RRP - This is a hard one because it's actually not available in Australia yet but I was so keen to try it I got it online. When I ordered it, it wasn't even sold in USA yet so I ordered from a Japanese eBay seller for $22 (22ml) including postage.
Scent - not pleasant! This product smells like cheap plastic
Product Colour - The product is clear and blends out to be translucent. 

I had heard a lot of great things about the Maybelline baby skin and was super excited to receive this. I was expecting Baby Skin to be a lot like the POREfessional but given it is silicone based I feel it is more like the Smashbox Photoready Primer or Revlon Photoready Perfecting Primer when first squeezed out but maybe not as thick. It does blend out similar to the POREfessional but doesn't achieve the same finish.

Given the POREfessional was the first pore minimizing primer that I had tried I was use to the silky finish but I did not feel that the baby skin achieved this. It did not feel nice and powdery and velvety like the POREfessional and having oily skin, I felt like it just sat on top of my skin which wasn't great.

I also felt like the oilier finish didn't help my makeup to stay on as long compared to the POREfessional and definitely doesn't completely mattify the skin, but it does prepare the skin and leave it feeling soft. While doing this review I have read some other reviews and have found that apparently the a great way to use this product is on top of foundation to create a flawless finish so I must try this next time!

The product it is also not as concentrated as the POREfessional so would not last as long also due to the greesey consistency it did not help my makeup last like I would have hoped. I would not feel confortable wearing this on 'no makeup' days.

I don't think anyone with oily skin would love this product, I would suggest this product may be best for dry to normal skin but if you don't like the silicon texture (and smell) I don't think you will like this primer.

Would I repurchase this product? - I would not repurchase.

3. Perfect Blur 5sec Smoothing Base Perfector - 'Visually cheat the signs of ageing: blur wrinkles, pores, imperfections and shine. Now, a few seconds are sufficient for visibly younger, smoother, brighter skin.'
RRP - $16.99 (22ml) - Available at Priceline 
Scent - unscented
Colour - The product is the same soft pink as the packaging and blends out to be translucent.

After trying the Maybelline Baby Skin, I wasn't sure I even wanted to try the Perfect Blur as I had basically accepted that nothing would compare to the POREfessional, but I am glad I decided to give this a go!

The perfect blur is definitely comparable to the POREfessional and I would consider this to be a good drugstore dupe at a fraction of the cost. It definitely does fill and blur out pores and imperfections and the consistancy is a lot more powdery and silky than the Maybelline baby skin.

I do think I still use a bit more product then I would the POREfessional but for the cheaper price, you can afford to. It does reduce shine and mattify the skin and helps foundation to last longer.

To do a better comparasion I applied the POREfessional on one side of my face and perfect blur on the other. I let them both settle into the skin and after a bout 5 minutes I felt the difference on each side of my face. Both sides actually feel much the same, very smooth and matte.

I am really impressed with this product and think it is worth trying out if you are looking for a well priced, pore minimizing primer.

Would I repurchase this product? - Yes, I would repurchase.

Overall ratings:
The POREfessional:- 10/10
Baby Skin:- 5/10
Perfect Blur:-8.5/10

Benefit the POREfessional is definitely my favourite of the three and is the one I reach for the most of the time, but Garnier is a very close second and the price definitely does make it more attractive to me and I will happily recommend it to others.

Have you tried any of these pore minimizing primers? If so, what do you like about them?



  1. Really want to try the Garnier Pefect Blur now! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hope you love it as much as I did Sarah! xx

  2. Omg I love this post! I'm a mother of 2 (hehe mother of 3 in less than 2 weeks) and I have really wanted to experiment with different primers but have been worried about paying a lot of money for one and find out it's not very good or I could get one that is nearly as good for a fraction of the price. So I am really glad I stumbled along to this. I will defiantly be heading priceline tomorrow to get the perfect blur, and probs when I start back at work I'll try the pore fessional.

    1. Thanks for your comment Sophia!! I always love it when I find a great dupe that saves some money - I think you will be really happy with the Perfect Blur! Let me know how you go!! Lucee xx

  3. Love this! I'm glad you posted on this because I have been trying to research on ways to help my pores!

    1. I know right Miss Haley, big pores can be real irritating sometimes!
      ~Pauline @ Benefit makeup Philippines

  4. How would you compare the Garnier one regarding how long it helps make up last?

  5. Hello!!

    Lovely post! Thank you :)

    Finally somebody who agrees to the Maybelline primer being awful! I felt the same!

    I have the porefessional, yet to try it. Might order the garnier one :)

    Thanks love:)